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Thank You for Smoking (2005)

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Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director:

Jason Reitman

Writers:

Jason Reitman (screenplay), Christopher Buckley (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Lunden ... Joan Lunden
Eric Haberman Eric Haberman ... Robin Williger
Aaron Eckhart ... Nick Naylor
Mary Jo Smith ... Sue Maclean
Todd Louiso ... Ron Goode
Jeff Witzke ... Kidnapper
J.K. Simmons ... BR
Marianne Muellerleile ... Teacher
Cameron Bright ... Joey Naylor
Alex Diaz Alex Diaz ... Kid #1
Jordan Garrett ... Kid #2
Courtney Taylor Burness ... Kid #3 (as Courtney Burness)
Jordan Del Spina ... Kid #4 (as Jordan Orr)
Maria Bello ... Polly Bailey
David Koechner ... Bobby Jay Bliss
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Storyline

The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins arguments to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-title the M.O.D. Squad, a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use of a skull and crossbones on cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

There's no smoke without lies See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gracias por fumar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$262,923, 19 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,792,061, 10 September 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,323,027, 31 December 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie's title can be seen on a placard on B.R.'s (J.K. Simmons') desk. See more »

Goofs

In the hospital cafeteria when Bobby tries to give Nick the handgun, his finger jumps from inside to outside the trigger guard between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Nick and Heather are introducing themselves to each other in a restaurant]
Heather Holloway: Heather Holloway.
Nick Naylor: Nick Naylor. Big Tobacco.
Heather Holloway: [holds up tape recorder] Is this kosher?
Nick Naylor: Only if I can call you Heather.
Heather Holloway: By all means. So, Mr. Naylor...
Nick Naylor: [interrupting] Nick.
Heather Holloway: Nick. Let's start with...
Nick Naylor: '82 Margaux.
Heather Holloway: Okay. Is it good?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, printed under "A Jason Reitman Film" is "Established 1977", the year of Jason Reitman's birth. See more »

Connections

References Notting Hill (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Bow to Chinese
Composed and Performed by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
Courtesy of Palisades Music Productions
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Very Good
27 March 2006 | by missygoldsteinSee all my reviews

Very smart, funny and interesting movie. I seldom say that about any movie. The story of a lobbyist for the tobacco industry who's job is to put a spin on cigarettes, improve their image, make them cool again, and prevent one senator from getting legislature to mandate that cigarette companies place a large graphic skull and cross bones on each pack sold.

Nick Naylors character is brilliant. While he was "selling" the public on his ideas and views and convincing them, his own son, and everyone else that he is correct he actually sold me too with his good looks, charm, and logic.

Everyone knows that smoking causes cancer and anyone who attempts to sell or promote it won't garner any sympathy for lagging sales. That's where the spin doctor Nick comes in to teach everyone that smoking is cool.

Excellent movie.


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